Sunday, June 26

Carefoot Withdraws Allegation Against Tyson Fury Drug-Test Bribe

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WBC Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, had been accused by farmer, Martin Carefoot, of offering a £25,000 bribe to provide an alibi after a failed drug test.

The farmer who claimed Tyson Fury offered him a £25,000 bribe to lie about his whereabouts during a positive drugs test has sensationally withdrawn his statement.

Lancashire livestock owner, Martin Carefoot, had alleged that a member of Fury’s team had offered the cash to provide an alibi for a failed test – the money was never paid.

He signed two witness statements including one with a line which read: “I supplied a range of animal meats and offal to Team Fury, including wild boar and pigs”.

But, Carefoot revealed to the Sunday Times that he will no longer co-operate with UK Anti-Doping and has retracted his previous claim.

“I’ve had nothing but problems right from the beginning of this, and I don’t want to get involved,” Carefoot told the paper, having insisted he had withdrawn the claims “for a few reasons”.

Fury and cousin, Hughie, were given backdated two-year drugs bans after testing positive for elevated levels of banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015.

The pair blamed the levels of the substance on eating uncastrated wild boar or contaminated supplements and insisted they never intentionally cheated.

Carefoot said in March this year: “I have never kept wild boar. I have never killed a wild boar”. “I just went along with it, and they always dangled this carrot that I was going to get paid. When things got quite serious, they offered me a sum of money before it went to court in London, and a sum of money after. I went along with them because, I suppose, in my own way I was just helping them out. “I feel sick of the lies and deceit and the public need to know the truth.”

Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, insisted at the time that he had “never met the farmer” and accused Carefoot of sending him” a letter last October, full of errors and basically telling me he had committed perjury by signing statements under oath and lying”.

Carefoot’s original revelations forced Ukad to reopen their investigation into Fury – which could have seen him face an eight-year suspension.

The anti-doping agency also passed on the matter to Lancashire police, with their investigation still active.

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